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Sampling Sasquatch: Newton Faulkner

Tonight I catch my flight and head out yonder to the Sasquatch Music Festival. My sources tell me it's currently raining in Seattle so hopefully beyond the mountains the sun is shining. Otherwise, I might be in for a little more adventure than I had in mind.

This week I've been sampling music that I'm interested in checking out live, and today I have a singer who definitely brings the sunshine with his happy, acoustic sound. I'm just discovering Newton Falkner myself (as many Americans likely are) but he's becoming a UK favorite, and his debut album Hand Built by Robots is getting some love from the critics.

From what I've heard so far, I think he falls into something like a Jack Johnson/Ben Harper category but even that isn't quite right because he does some unique things with his percussion. My favorite description of his sound comes from Rolling Stone: "If Prince was an English hippie who was obsessed with Bobby McFerrin-esque percussion and had long cinnamon dreadlocks, you'd have Faulkner."

To check out the video for his single "I Need Something," and let me know what you think,



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